Gods of Mexico

Gods of Mexico

by Helmut Dosantos

It follows the resistance to modernization in rural Mexico. It is a reminder that it is still possible to live in tune with our essence as human beings.
A survey of rural Mexico composed into an extraordinary collage of labor practices and vast landscapes, Gods of Mexico portrays the rich diversity of several communities of Native Peoples and Afro-descendants throughout the country. It is both a testament to the human being and a tribute to those who fight to preserve their cultural identity. The viewer explores a "Lost Atlantis" in which unlimited possibilities of existence continue to resist in the shadows of modernization.


— Dosantos transports audiences through salt pans, deserts, highlands, jungle, and underground mines, in both richly saturated color and black-and-white melodic interludes. VARIETY — The requisite problematic film, Gods of Mexico, whose spectacular tableaux of Indigenous people feel inextricable from century-old traditions of ethnographic gazes. ARTFORUM — Dioses de México, la importancia de preservar la memoria. IMCINE — This documentary speaks to the fascinating nature of the human experience. VOX — Una cinta impresionante que deja claro que los Dioses de México son tradición y costumbres, son alma y espíritu, y sobre todo, un legado invaluable. BOGART MAGAZINE
Country: Mexico, USA
Year: 2022
Running time: 96'
Format: 4k-HD, DCP
Language: Italiano
Subtitles: Italian
Genre: documentary
Screenplay: Helmut Dosantos
Cinematography: Diego Rodriguez García, Ernesto Pardo, Fernando Muñoz, François Pesant, Helmut Dosantos, Kacper Czubak, Martín Boege, Peter Eliot Buntaine
Editing: Yibran Asuad, Helmut Dosantos
Music: Enrico Ascoli
Produced by: Fulgura Frango, Narvalus Film
Distribution: Lab 80 film con la partecipazione di FIC - Federazione Italiana Cineforum

Festival: Depth of Field Artistic Vision Award (DOCAVIV, 2022); Grand Prix Best Film (Pacific Meridian Film Festival, 2022); Best Sound Design (Tacoma Film Festival, 2022); Honorable Mention (DokuBaku, 2022); Special Jury Prize (Caracas Ibero-American Film Festival, 2023)
Special Mention Documentary (Avanca Film Festival, 2023); Mexican Academy Award - Ariel d’Argento al Miglior Documentario (Premios Ariel, 2023).

TRUE/FALSE Film Fest (USA), Santa Barbara International Film Festival (USA), FICUNAM (Messico), DOCAVIV (Israele), Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (USA), Oak Cliff Film Fest (USA), Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia), Split Film Festival (Croazia), Pacific Meridian Film Festival Vladivostok (Russia), Festival Latinoamericano Entre Dos Mundos (Italia) , DokuBaku Film Festival (Azerbaijan) , Hola Mexico Film Festival (USA), Calgary International Film Festival (Canada) , Athens International Film Festival (Grecia), Film Festival Tucson (USA), Tacoma Film Festival (USA), Sidewalk Film Festival (USA), Muestra Internacional de Cine de la Cineteca Nacional (Messico), Denver Film Festival (USA), Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano (Cuba), Houston Latino Film Festival (USA), Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (USA), Milwaukee Film Festival (USA), Festival de Cine Iberoamericano de Caracas (Venezuela), 19th Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival (USA), 12a Mostra Ecofalante de Cinema de São Paulo (Brasile), Example of Intonation Film Festival, St. Petersburg (Russia), Avanca Film Festival (Portogallo), VII Festival Internacional de Cine Ambiental Planet On (Colombia), MUBI Fest (Messico), Morelia Film Festival FICM - Special screening fuori concorso (Messico), Rodando Film Festival SLP (Messico), 8th Bucharest Photofest - Film Section (Romania), Latin Film Festival - Muranów Cinema, Varsavia (Polonia), Arctic Open Film Festival - Special screening fuori concorso (Russia), SiberiaDoc (Russia)

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